10 Biggest Manhunts of All Time

Moammar Gadhafi
Libyan men and children line up to look at the corpses of Libya's ex-strongman Moammar Gadhafi and his son Mutassem, displayed inside the cold storage room of a vegetable market near a mosque on the outskirts of Misrata in 2011. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images

In 2011, rebel leaders successfully toppled the Libyan government, sending dictator Moammar Gadhafi into hiding in his hometown of Sirte. For two months, the fugitive former leader went off the grid, skirting public sightings in Sirte -- Libya's last outpost sympathetic to the fallen regime -- as he evaded the interim government's army.

For 42 years, Gadhafi had ruled Libya and had a reputation for brutality against his own citizens. Members of the Libyan army were accused of using civilians as human shields and using schools as weapon caches.

In a manhunt aided by many of the Libyan people, Gadhafi was ousted from his hiding place in a drainage ditch on Oct. 20, 2011. Rebels beat him, stabbed him in the backside with a bayonet and then shot him in the head. Gadhafi's death launched a global media frenzy – especially since some of his capture was caught on video -- and ended one of the world's most infamous manhunts [sources: Melnick, McElroy].